Ocean Observation News

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop on The World Ocean Council (WOC) and Canada’s Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network are co-organizing an international workshop to advance ocean industry data collecting and sharing. The event will set the stage for an initial Canadian Atlantic pilot project on ocean observations by industry, in support of Canada’s commitment to trans-Atlantic research under the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation,” with potential for future expansion to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The three-day

First Phase of The Ocean Enterprise Concluded

The Ocean Enterprise: A study of US business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting.   The Maritime Alliance in conjunction with ERISS Corporation has just concluded the first phase of The Ocean Enterprise: A study of US Business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting.  Sponsored by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), this first of its kind study will help determine the extent of United States private sector activity in support of ocean measurement, observation and forecasting and the use of ocean information to deliver safety, economic

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Navy's Global Ocean Forecast System Goes Public

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) & the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have entered into a formal agreement that results in NCEP using Navy developed global ocean forecast model technology to make environmental ocean forecasts for public use. “Development of an advanced global ocean prediction system has been a long-term Navy interest,” said Dr. Gregg Jacobs, head, NRL Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch. “This use of Navy developed systems for global ocean forecasting represents dual

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A United Front in Ocean Observation

As the world’s oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition.   For 20 years the EMB

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Liquid Robotics, NOAA Sign Forecasting Agreement

Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the signing of a multiyear, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) designed to advance ocean observations to improve U.S. weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring. The NOAA/Liquid Robotics CRADA combines the significant product capabilities of the Wave Glider, a revolutionary, wave powered unmanned ocean robot, with NOAA’s engineering, data analysis and modeling expertise for applications that will have long-term benefits to the general public. "Over

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Ocean Exploration Vessel Will Knock on Neptune's Door

A new ocean exploration vessel, 'SeaOrbiter' which the designer claims will provide permanent and continuous observation and research operations at the heart of the ocean is almost fully funded, ready to be built. Jacques Rougerie describes himself as a visionary architect who aims to deliver a new vision of underwater exploration with his SeaOrbiter, the culmination of over 30 years of research dedicated to bionic marine architecture and exploration of the undersea world. Internationally renowned, he lists among his achievements the Sea Pavilion in Kobe, Japan; the underwater archaeological museum

NOAA, NASA & BOEM to Monitor Biodiversity

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales. The projects, to be funded at approximately $17 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds, will demonstrate how a national operational marine biodiversity observation network could be developed. Such a network would serve as a marine resource management tool to conserve existing biodiversity

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IOOS Awards $31 Mln for Ocean Observation

More than $31 million has been awarded in grants from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) to support ocean, coastal and Great Lakes observing efforts throughout the United States, Caribbean and Pacific.   IOOS said the funds, which are to be distributed primarily as five-year cooperative agreements, are augmented by contributions from other federal offices and agencies, as well as outside groups including: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), the National

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$31.7m AtlantOS Project to Enhance Ocean Observation

The largest marine science project that the European Commission has ever funded, the $31.7 million AtlantOS project, is due to start in January 2015, bringing together a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines from more than 60 research organizations across the world to enhance the efficiency of ocean observation procedures. By fundamentally restructuring and integrating the existing, loosely-coordinated Atlantic ocean monitoring activities, as well as filling in the gaps, the multidisciplinary AtlantOS project will result in more efficient, more complete and lower cost information delivery.

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Liquid Robotics Closes $45 Million Series E Funding to Accelerate

led by Riverwood Capital, a growth-focused technology private equity firm, with participation from existing investors, including VantagePoint Capital Partners. The funding will be used to expand the Company’s global sales, partner and services organizations to meet the increasing demand for its ocean observation and monitoring services. This investment will also fund development and delivery of new cost effective solutions for the worldwide defense, science and research and oil and gas markets. “Liquid Robotics is driving a major shift in ocean observation and surveillance,” said

MTR100 '13 SubChem Systems, Inc.

in 1996, to focus on instrumentation technology for Underwater Chemical Sensing. The company develops, manufactures and sells, to the international market, a unique line of submersible chemical analyzers. The Tech: SubChem Analyzers are designed to be adaptable for deployment on a wide variety of ocean observation platforms including: shipboard profiling or towed sensor arrays, fixed-depth or vertical profiling moorings, autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders. It also provides environmental data collection and analysis software, environmental and ocean engineering consulting services, and technical

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Drifter Buoy 'Army' Patrols the Oceans

Insignificant on their own, but approximately 1,000 of them patrol the world's oceans to record key data for climate monitoring and research. In an era where 2-3 ton satellites that live 10 to 15 years collect millions of observations every day, the much smaller and shorter-lived drifting buoy, or "drifter," may seem like a lightweight—or even a relic. Each drifter is less than 22 feet long, tips the scales at no more than 100 pounds, and lives just 450 days on average. "Because the drifters provide a ground-truth of currents, they are great for combining with satellite

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Arctic Ocean More Acidic? NOAA Deploys First Monitoring Buoy

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in partnership with the Marine Research Institute in Iceland has deployed the first high-latitude ocean acidification monitoring buoy in the Atlantic Ocean. The moored buoy is the first of its kind to be deployed north of the Arctic circle in a region where very little is known about how carbon dioxide (CO2) is entering the ocean environment. The buoy, deployed north of Iceland, is equipped with a MAPCO2 monitoring system designed at PMEL that measures CO2 concentrations of the surface water and atmosphere every 90 minutes. The mooring

A satellite image shows Falkor’s track and the colors in ocean water. Colors indicate the amount of chlorophyll, where red is the highest and blue the lowest. (Image: NASA/ Norman Kuring)

New Tech Gives Insight to Ocean Color for NASA Satellites

Having recently returned to land on board Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) research vessel Falkor, NASA Scientists have made important observations of phytoplankton with new technology to support current and future satellite observations.   A swath of new instruments were debuted during a 25 day expedition across the Pacific exploring a wide variety of oceanic ecosystems. The focus of chief scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic´, USRA/NASA, and her multidisciplinary team of oceanographers, engineers, biologists and computer scientists was to explore ocean particles, and more specifically the

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Ocean Science and Exploration Focus on Capitol Hill

Explorer and director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing. Central to their visit is the display of the Deepsea Challenger, the only human-occupied vehicle currently able to access the deepest parts the ocean. Cameron developed the vehicle over seven years and used it in March 2012 to dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. One year later, Cameron donated the vehicle to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Long-life subsea logging node Fetch was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider uploaded the logged data via its high speed acoustic modem, transmitting it to shore via satellite.

Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics and NOAA Collaborate on Ocean Observation Project

In early August off the east coast of America, a team from Sonardyne International Ltd., Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded the second leg of an extensive ocean observation technology demonstration project. Using Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensor nodes and a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the project was performed in collaboration with MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System), NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and managed by NOAA US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office with the

US Hearing to Focus on New Ocean Technologies

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine the proliferation of new ocean technologies, how such technologies could improve government performance, and any impediments that exist in the use of such technologies. The federal government is responsible for recording, understanding, monitoring and protecting the oceans in the Exclusive Economic Zones which surround United States and territories out to 200 miles, and even in areas of the ocean beyond those littoral zones.  Understanding and monitorin

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